DA earmarks P474-M for
enhancement of agriculture in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Agriculture is allotting some P474 million to ensure the
enhancement of agricultural productivity in Northern Samar.
Proceso J. Alcala made the commitment during his recent visit in Las
Navas, Northern Samar where he also forged an agreement with the
Department of Social Welfare and Development to undertake an
initiative called “Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,”
DA-8 RED Antonio Gerundio informed.
Of the P474 million,
Secretary Alcala said P209 million is earmarked as an additional fund
to complete the irrigation component of the Help for Catubig
Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP).
HCAAP is expected to
irrigate 4,550 hectares, and benefit more than 1,600 farm families in
the towns of Catubig and Las Navas, Northern Samar.
Secretary Alcala said
the irrigation project will double the province’s irrigated area to
more than 9,000 hectares, from the current 4,500 hectares, and
subsequently increase its annual palay production pegged at 98,300
metric tons (MT) in 2010.
project, the DA Secretary noted, could generate an additional harvest
of about 40,950 MT, at two crops a year and an average harvest of 4.5
MT per hectare per cropping.
In 2010, Northern
Samar produced 98,380 MT of palay from 38,183 hectares, of which 88
percent is rainfed. The province contributed 10 percent to the total
eastern Visayas palay harvest of 964,145 MT last year.
Secretary Alcala also
allotted P230 million for the rehabilitation and construction of other
irrigation projects, and P35 million for farm-to-market roads in
second district of Northern Samar.
In the same occasion,
Secretary Alcala disclosed the Agency’s plan to put up some very vital
infrastructures such us the setting up of a PhilRice Satellite Office
and a multi-million state-of-the-art rice processing complex in
Catubig Valley that will house modern rice milling and drying
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is meant to “uplift”
farmers, fishers and rural folk from poverty.
alleviation project is aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity,
and provides sustainable livelihood and short-term jobs to marginal
families, particularly those engaged in rice, corn, coconut, and
sugar-cane production, and municipal fishing.
It seeks to improve
the agricultural productivity and income of marginal coconut farm
families; construct paddy dikes, irrigation canals and service roads
in undeveloped or unutilized farmlands, and at the same time, generate
additional employment; and implement livelihood projects to benefit
marginal fisher folk families.
During the launching
at Las Navas, DA and DSWD have awarded several farm equipment, tools
and inputs to hundreds of family-beneficiaries. From the DA, they also
received three units of hand tractors, 100 pieces of hand tools, and
100 bags of certified rice seeds; and from the DSWD, two units of hand
tractors, and livelihood project funds.
In addition, the DA
through the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) will construct
a diversion dam in Barangay Guba, Catarman town, and implement an
expanded modified rapid composting project in the province, as part of
the DA’s organic agriculture program.